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Seattle Asian Art Museum

Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect Street, Seattle, WA 98112 (Broadway / Capitol Hill)
206 654 3100
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Ranked #68 of 212 Attractions in Seattle
Type: Art Museums
Description: The SAAM, as its called, has millennia-old East Asian artifacts, from Chinese vases to Japenese Buddhist art.
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Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Usually a staid and quiet venue, the Japan Deco show at the Asian Art Museum was heart-poundingly lovely.... objects, paintings, all opening for the viewer a new experience of Japan between the wars... Yes, go!

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Salem, Oregon
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57 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Take time to visit this handsome art deco building with galleries featuring visiting contemporary Asian art and ancient art from their permanent collection. The Volunteer Park setting is lovely. If you are members of another art museum, carry your card; you might be eligible for reciprocal free admission.

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This is a very interesting museum with a lovely collection of Asian art and it is located on a scenic hill that over looks the city. You can see the Space Needle here as well as the sculpture that was the motivation for the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun". It's worth just going for the view. But the museum is... More

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Trois-Rivieres, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Great view, nice asian art collection and the Volunteer water tower right by. The kids got what they wanted: variety and great introduction to Asian art to children.

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Seattle, Washington
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87 reviews 87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a small collection in a very nice deco building located in Volunteer Park. I love going just to see the ceramic pieces. Almost never any crowds

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6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The Deco building is an outstanding example of the period. The detailed entry doors welcome you into a different world. The interior simplicity featuring the Asian art exhibits with high ceilings, natural light in the atrium space, with varied intimate galleries is a quiet, calming and soothing atmosphere. Sit inside to relax a moment, or on the terraced area by... More

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Carlsbad, California
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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Even the building - a deco masterpiece in a beautiful setting, atop a high point overlooking Union Lake, in Volunteer Park - justifies a visit. The quality of the permanent collection is outstanding. We were there for an exhibition of deco works from Japan. It was astounding. The 200 or so pieces on display were collected and are owned by... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Amazing art deco building with a Japanese art deco exhibit and three excellent contemporary Chinese artists work on display.

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Vancouver, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This gallery is fantastic. It's the second time we have been and it did not disappoint. We went this time for the Japan Art Deco show and highly recommend it.

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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Although I was greatly impressed with the temporary exhibition, Deco Japan, the parts of the permanent collection on display seemed rather sparse. Combining a visit here with one to the nearby Volunteer Park Conservatory made for a pleasant morning. Had I known the collection was quite so small, though, I'm not certain I would have visited.

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